Has anyone ever had counselling for coping strategies to deal with their anxiety that allowed them to get off their medication? IIf so, please share some strategies.
Thanks for the support. Boy do I ever understand the antidepressant/weight gain issue. Interesting tip about the exercise, thanks for sharing. Kali
Kali, I wish you luck with your psychotherapy I hope it helps you. I was on antidepressants a few years ago and they caused me weight gain. So then I had anxiety attacks over being fat and the inability to control what was goin on with my own body. I weened myself off the pill and worked my butt of to get back in shape, odd thing happened the exercise lessend my attacks. Who knew! Sometimes its the simplest thing that help. I hope you can find some sort of peace for yourself no matter how you go about it. Medicine or meditation I hope you can get a better quality of life that everyone deserves.November 27, 2011 - 4:31pm
Dear Daisy and diva30:
Thank you to both of you for sharing your stories and information. My anxiety often has no basis and exists as an entity onto itself...if unmedicated I will be in a full blown panic attack for no logical reason and housebound. I know my mind should control it, but it can't. Medication works well for me in controlling my symptomology. I do practice relaxation techniques and often do forget to breath which are both helpful...if I'm medicated and stressing. I am starting psychotherapy in January and I too hate taking medication so I look forward to the process. I wouldn't mind the medication so much if I didn't have so many health problems which has led to a lot of medication. I am afraid I will die from liver or kidney failure. Over the past year I lost 85 pounds after switching my anxiety medication and I will never again take a medication that makes me gain weight. My dog pasted in January 2010, but I swear I created the most anxious dog ever because he was always picking up on my emotions. Thanks. Kali
As for a personal experience with panic attacks several years ago during a very stressful moment in my life. I know it's not easy dealing with it. I was reading through your post, the reason for the desire of running is When our fight or flight response is activated, sequences of nerve cell firing occur and chemicals like adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol are released into our bloodstream. This is a normal behavior when we are faced with a scared situation. But in this case, is your body and mind fighting with each other. As to there not being a reason to run. Two things that did help me were, Medication and breathing techniques several times a day my psychotherapy had suggested. Sometimes in the rush of day, we forget how to breath correctly. Especially when faced with stressful situations. I feel great and never again have I had to deal with it again.
November 21, 2011 - 5:24am
A few months ago I was having severe anxiety attacks I knew what the cause was. I was having major surgery so up until I had my surgery they were bad. Figuring out what the cause is is sometimes the cure. I was on meds a few years ago for them, but they made me gain weight and since I had run in with body image issues (still do ) in my teens that just caused more issues. I can usually get over them faster if I know why they happen. Its the ones where the come from nowhere that I cannot control. For example the other day I was just watching Regis and Kelly and all of a sudden I started to get the sweats, feel like I had to run away and heart beat out of my chest thinking I was gonna die. I was paralyzed with fear and I couldnt move. This of course made it worse. Luckily for me my dog sensed something was wrong and he came in the room jumped on me and started to lick my face. These are 2 things he is not allowed to do to me. If not for my dog I do not know what would have happend. I refuse to take meds, so I try to figure out the root cause and when I feel like one is coming, I generally try to go some place where I can talk to myself out loud and tell me Im going to be ok etc. things like that. It dosent always work but It may be worth a try. I belive that your mind is powerful and if you can learn to control it, you may not need pills or counseling.
Thanks for your question. Psychotherapy can definitely help with any anxiety symptoms before it can escalate into anxiety attacks and panic attacks. Any antidepresssant medication should not be suddenly stopped without talking to your doctors first.
DaisyNovember 19, 2011 - 8:06pm
Kali,November 29, 2011 - 9:31am
your welcome I hope things improve for us both!